Aaron Burr is a man who thinks big, especially about himself. Always ready to grab the gold ring when it passes by, he often finds himself at odds with his former friends, now leaders of a new nation. His attempt to exploit a Constitutional loophole and propel himself into the Presidential office leaves him an outcast in early Washington, DC society. Out of favor but never disgraced, Burr tries another path to the White House. When this path is closed by Alexander Hamilton, Burr kills him in a duel. With no place to go, Burr heads west and meets with his old friend General James Wilkinson. Together they hatch a plot with more twists than the Mississippi River. Soon it becomes difficult to distinguish between loyalty and betrayal.
If you’d rather your historical fiction not wander too far from historical fact, this book is for you. Nevin does an admirable job of fleshing out long-dead personages and portrays his subjects in a manner befitting the audacity of their plot: that is, to conquer Mexico and coerce the western half of the young United States into forming a new nation.